HOME­SPUN movie hero GARY COOPER charmed fans in silen­tera West­erns be­fore mak­ing it big in 1929 with his first talkie, The Vir­ginian. But ex­hausted and de­pressed by his sud­den fame, he left the lime­light be­hind two years later. He lived in Al­giers and Rome, be­fore re­turn­ing to Hol­ly­wood in 1932 to snag a lu­cra­tive con­tract with Paramount Pic­tures — and raise his pet chim­panzee, Toluca, to be the per­fect lit­tle lady! Cooper hooked up with Toluca dur­ing an African sa­fari and parted ways with the pri­mate when her tem­per be­came dan­ger­ous as she aged. Coop, who died of can­cer in 1961 — six days af­ter this 60th birth­day — pro­vided for Toluca un­til she met her end.

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